Cerebrospinal fluid samples
A clean, dry container with screw cap should be use.
CSF samples are liable to degenerate rapidly and as such must be
prepared immediately. Please contact the laboratory to inform staff
of imminent arrival of a CSF sample, and leave a bleep or contact
Latest processing time for samples is 15.30 hrs Mon-Fri. CSF
samples must be received at least half an hour before this
If out of hours sampling is unavoidable, storing the sample in
refrigerator at 4°C may help preserve cells for up to 24 hours.
(Last updated April 21st 2016)